IMO Welcomes Fresh Batch Of Leaders to Green Shipping Program

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  • Maritime professionals from 14 small island developing states (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs) will join IMO’s flagship training program this year.
  • 23 participants, including 12 women, enrolled from countries such as The Bahamas, Fiji, Mozambique, and others.
  • The IMO-Republic of Korea Sustainable Maritime Transport Training Programme (GHG-SMART) aims to build capacity to decarbonize shipping sectors.
  • It trains professionals to develop and execute national-level strategies and raise finance for green shipping projects.
  • GHG-SMART supports SIDS and LDCs in implementing the IMO’s 2023 Strategy for the Reduction of GHG Emissions.
  • The year-long program includes online courses, field visits, webinars, practical training in Korea, and industry engagements.

GHG-SMART

The IMO-Republic of Korea Sustainable Maritime Transport Training Programme (GHG-SMART) aims to build the capacity of SIDS and LDCs to decarbonize their shipping sectors, by training professionals in the industry to develop and execute national-level strategies, as well as raise finance for green shipping projects.

This year 23 participants, including 12 women, have been enrolled from the following countries: The Bahamas, Cook Islands, Fiji, The Gambia, Grenada, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Senegal, and Timor Leste.

GHG-SMART is designed to support and respond more directly to the needs of SIDS and LDCs, as they implement the IMO’s 2023 Strategy for the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions. Many SIDS and LDCs bear the brunt of climate change impacts while relying heavily on the maritime sector.

The year-long program includes online courses, field visits, webinars, and one-week practical training in the Republic of Korea, combined with industry engagements. Each year, two of the trainees are awarded fully-funded scholarships to study at the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden.

Empowering Maritime Policy Influencers

Previous GHG-SMART participants have welcomed the support provided to them through the program. Several alumni recently represented their countries as official delegates at the 81st session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 81) in London, from 18 to 22 March. MEPC is IMO’s decision-making body that addresses environmental issues under its remit.

During a GHG-SMART Project Steering Committee meeting held in the margins of MEPC 81, current and former trainees highlighted how their experiences enabled them to follow the debates more effectively and make stronger interventions.

Mr. Richmond Basant, Maritime Administrator at the Ministry of Works and Transport of Trinidad and Tobago and 2022 GHG-SMART alumni said: “The program has been of great benefit to myself and my colleagues, coming from a Small Island Developing State. It has allowed me to understand the latest emission regulations in shipping, new standards as well as the current and forecasted technologies that will drive the change in shipping to net zero.”

Funded by the Republic of Korea, GHG-SMART was launched in 2020 with an initial budget of $2.5 million. In July 2023, it was extended for three more years until 31 December 2026, with an additional budget of $2 million.

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